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September 29, 2009
Disney program gives volunteers one ticket for one day of service

Volunteering may have just gotten a little happier ever after.

Disney announced today that it's launching a program Jan. 1 that will give 1 million people free admission to Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts in exchange for a day of community volunteer work.

Disney has designated HandsOn Network, which has 250 volunteer action centers nationwide, as the conduit that will connect volunteers with projects and organizations needing help for the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day" program.

Sacramento is one of the designated markets for the promotion, said Kathy Chow, director of HandsOn Sacramento.

"There are a lot of people out there who want to volunteer but for whatever reason they don't," Chow said. "This might be the first thing that will spark their interest."

HandsOn Sacramento connects about 2,500 volunteers each year to projects and organizations in the greater Sacramento region. Next year, there will be roughly two dozen projects for volunteers to choose from that will qualify for the Disney ticket promotion.

Chow declined to give many specifics about qualifying projects, but did confirm that Sacramento -area Martin Luther King Jr. service projects, which run from Jan. 16 to 23, will qualify.

Potential volunteers should take note of some stipulations.

Volunteers can't sign up until Jan. 1 and must do so through disneyparks.com, which then will direct participants to HandsOn Network sites. Volunteering must be verified.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate and can sign up a maximum of eight additional members of the same household, online rules state.

Children must be at least 6 years old to volunteer and to participate in the promotion.

Children 6 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult while volunteering, the rules state.

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